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Why Do My Balls Hurt?

There could be a number of reasons! Our expert breaks it down.

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Did you know testicles are designed to absorb shock? There’s lots you probably don’t know about your balls. Our expert, Dr. Iroku-Malize, breaks it down and tells us why your balls might hurt and when it’s time to seek medical help.

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Hi! Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize here to answer your questions.

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Why do my balls hurt? Well, as a doctor I prefer to call them testicles. But that’s a great question and an important one too. There are a number of reasons your balls might hurt. Let’s go through a few common ones.

First up, trauma. We all know that a kick, hit or punch to the balls can knock the wind out of you. But testicles are designed to absorb shock. As long as there is no puncture or blood you can apply ice to the area, but never directly on the skin.

Testicles can hurt from something we call Orchitis, which is inflammation due to a bacterial infection, case of the mumps, or sexually transmitted disease. Orchitis can affect fertility, so seeing a doctor if there is inflammation is really important.

A kidney stone can go unnoticed until it starts moving around that kidney at which point the pain becomes hard to ignore. The pain can radiate to the lower abdomen and the lower testicles. And that pain could change locations.

This last one is a big one, so pay attention. Testicular Torsion is a medical emergency. Most common in boys ages twelve to sixteen. This very painful condition occurs when a testicle twists and cuts off the blood supply to the scrotum. The pain comes on suddenly and can be accompanied by swelling, nausea, vomiting, fever and a scrotum that hangs at an unusual angle or height. Surgery may be needed to fix the situation.

You should see a doctor immediately if you are feeling any of the following:

1.) You are feeling pain that is severe and sudden

2.) You feel nauseas or start vomiting

3.) You have painful urination

4.) The urge to pee frequently

5.) Or there is blood in your urine

6.) You notice swelling or bruising around your scrotum.

7.) Your scrotum or testicle is punctured

8.) Your pain just won’t go away

Don’t be afraid to call your doctor, we’ve seen it all before.

And that’s what we’re here for.

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Published August 28th, 2018

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